Looking to unclutter your home and recycle some of your unwanted duds? Keep your clothes out of landfills with these helpful tips:
Pantyhose, Leggings, and Tights
Box up your old pantyhose and tights and send them over to No Nonsense, a hosiery company that created a unique recycling program. The group repurposes these closet items in North Carolina to create running tracks, park benches, insulation, playgrounds, and toys.
Simply place your hosiery in a box, complete the mailing label available on their site, and ship the items to the suggested recycling facility. You’ll help keep these items out of landfills to create something incredibly useful!
Prescription eyeglasses are expensive to come by, so donate a good pair to New Eyes and help in their mission to distribute lenses to those in need. Complete their donation form to get started. Your old glasses will be helping someone who needs them in no time!
ReCORK reuses cork from wine bottles to create footwear and more with their partnering company SOLE. The company has recycled over 43 million corks with the help of 1,700 recycling partners. You can find locations for drop off here!
Since the early 90′s, Nike’s Reuse-A-Shoe program has been recycling old, worn out shoes to create Nike Grind. Nike Grind is a valuable material that creates sport surfaces for running tracks and playgrounds. You can drop off your shoes at select Nike locations or mail your shoes directly to the recycling facility in Colorado.
If you have a good pair of running shoes you’d like to donate, consider dropping them off with One World Running. This volunteer organization has been sending new and near-new running shoes overseas since 1986. You can find drop off locations here.
Donate your used and unused bras to The Bra Recyclers, a group who sends these items to women in need. Easily donate to the group by boxing up your freshly washed, unwanted bras and ship them to their Arizona location, where they’ll take care of the rest!
Blue jeans are closet staples, but we’re bound to switch up our style a bit over time. Blue Jeans Go Green is a program that has worked with J.Crew, Madewell, and several universities to help support the recycled jeans process.
The end product is UltraTouch Denim Insulation: sheets of insulation for residential homes and commercial buildings. Here’s how to mail your old denim in!
If you’re looking to recycle other items, the American Textile Recycling Services (ATRS) is for you. This recycling company serves as a liaison between you and recycling facilities. ATRS reaches out to business owners to “Host a Bin” and recycle their closet items!